Dr. Jean-Luc Bredas

Dr. Jean-Luc Bredas is Regents’ Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Vasser-Woolley and Georgia Research Alliance Chair in Molecular Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since 2000, he holds an Extraordinary Professor- ship at the University of Mons, Belgium; since 2011, he is also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. The research interests of his group focus on the computational characterization and design of novel organic materials of relevance for organic electronics and photonics. A major part of these studies involves polymer and oligomer materials with a π-conjugated backbone. A main goal is to determine the nature of the physico-chemical mechanisms leading, for instance, to: high charge-carrier mobilities in the semiconducting or metallic regime; strong luminescence or photovoltaic response; outstanding nonlinear optical properties; and specific surface interactions with other materials, such as metals or conducting oxides. Jean-Luc received his B.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees from the University of Namur, Belgium. He is a Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and the Royal Academy of Belgium. He is also the recipient of the 1997 Francqui Prize, the 2000 Quinquennial Prize of the Belgian National Science Foundation, the 2001 Italgas Prize, the 2003 Descartes Prize of the European Union, the 2010 Charles H. Stone Award of the ACS, and the 2013 David Adler Award in Materials Physics of the APS. He has published over 900 refereed articles (with a current h-index of 100) and given over 400 invited presentations. Since 2008, he has served as Editor for “Chemistry of Materials”. He also serves on the editorial boards for “Advanced Functional Materials”, “Accounts of Chemical Research”, and “Nonlinear Optics”, Quantum Optics”. Jean-Luc has been married to Monique since 1977; they have two children: Amélie and Véronique. Jean-Luc can be reached by email at jean-luc.bredas@chemistry.gatech.edu or more information may be found at http://www.bredators.gatech.edu/